JoAnna Stephens: LOVE over FEAR

My name is JoAnna Stephens. I am a storyteller, an artist, a futurist, and I have brain cancer. My biggest fear has always been being perceived as crazy. Living in a world I am the only one in agreement with. Being completely isolated in my own brain with no one to share my experiences with….

The Space

Unless you’ve completely unplugged, there’s a chance you’ve come across a conversation or two (or ten) about creating a ‘safe space.’ Even without meaning to, we gravitate to what we consider our safe space: a local cafe or coffee shop, the gym, a yoga studio. We believe that it is only in this space that…

Obstacles and Options

Obstacles are neither good or bad. They simply are. Obstacles exist because they do. The more we see the thing as it is, versus as we are, the less likely we are to take the thing personally. The size or scope of any given obstacle depends entirely on the person it is affecting. Proof lies…

The Red Line

What does it take to draw a red line in the sand? How much is too much? Where is your boundary, and when you reach it… what will you do about it? Some of us are very clear about this line. Some of us see the line, recognize it as the last possible place of…

The Energy Bank

Energy, like time and money, is currency. We give it, we share it, we receive it. Since we cannot create or destroy energy, we have no choice but to view it in terms of quality and quantity. Whether we respect it or not, we all have a proverbial energy bank. Typically we come to respect…

Self… Time… Expectations…

Manage. Management is part of identifying the how of things. Management is not consecutive or linear, and often requires that we be open to the actual fluid nature of existence. The more we are open to the idea of management, the better we are able to manage. Once you’ve identified the ‘what’ (that you want),…

START

Inhale… Here’s the reality for many people: they know WHAT they want. They don’t know HOW to get what they want. Even without the loftier wishes, hopes and dreams of the most ambitious of imaginations… getting started is often the hardest part. The naive will say ‘just start.’ Okay. Just start WHAT? The crafty will…

I AM… Mother

This post is dedicated to the people who do good in this world, but are shy about recognizing their contributions. The person in this next story would rather live the life than talk about it. So we’ve been tasked with sharing her story with the world, while also keeping her anonymous. THE FOSTER MOTHER: This…

LOVE around the World (United States)

*This letter was published with permission from the author. She has also given us permission to reveal her name and generalized location.* “I just wanted to say how overwhelmed I am with all the stories on your website. At first I thought some of the people were exaggerating or just trying to promote yoga, but…

Love, Briana

Honestly, I think that ‘self care’ has been watered down and commercialized in a weird way. A nice caption for Instagram posts, if you will. But I think its way more expansive and uncomfortable than what my previous conception held. So sure, self care is getting your nails painted or taking a bubble bath–but its…